And It Figures

One of the most obvious characteristics of our relativistic, postmodern times is a schizophrenic approach to different kinds of authority. The radical individualism pioneered by modernity, and carried on by its sham-alternative, postmodernity, is an individualism that reacts violently to all forms of godly authority, and capitulates immediately in the face of brow-beated bluster. Relativism will not bear the voice of authority, and welcomes gladly the voice of authoritarianism.

A Black and Tan Conversation

For anyone who is interested, I will be discussing Black and Tan with anyone who shows up in the Canon Press cyber cafe on Thursday, February 8th. The time will be 7:30-8:30 pm PST (10:30-11:30 EST). Please realize that you will have to be a registered member of theCafe before February 8th in order to participate in this live moderated chat event. We’ll serve free beer and coffee to anyone with a wild imagination. This will the first in a series of LiveTalk Events. Keep your eye on the LiveTalk Event Schedule for more details.

From now until the chat event we’re discounting Black and Tan:

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Iconopoaic Puritanism

“We are quite rightly impressed by the iconoclastic dimensions of the Reformation, the pruning of the liturgies and the decimation of the saints’ days, the removal of statues, paintings and even stained glass from the churches. But such iconoclasm may be eclipsed by what we can call the iconopoaic energies of the Reformation, its creativity in producing new allegories and metaphors for the divine and the human which, by their novel connections and collocations, bedded together the hitherto incompatible and subverted one cosmos while paving the way for another . . . When your metaphors change, your world changes with them” (Matheson, pp. 6-7).

When Experts Aren”t

“I will not say that a good story for children could never be written by someone in the Ministry of Education, for all things are possible. But I should lay very long odds against it” (C.S. Lewis, Of Other Worlds, p. 34).

How Fundamentalism Destroys the Bible

“A fallible authority is not defined as one that is wrong all the time. This is a good thing, as it turns out, for it is the fallible teaching authority of the historic Church which pointed us to the canon of Scripture. A fallible Church made an infallible (true) judgment when it determined the boundaries of the canon . . . The Church, a fallible authority, has accurately pointed to the infallible and ultimate canon of Scripture. If there is no room for this tradition, the tradition of the Church pointing away from herself to a final Word, then the modern fundamentalist is not left alone with his Bible. He has no Bible” (Mother Kirk, p. 62).

Devil in the Will

“If a man is proud and turbulent in his carriage, by that you may know the devil is rather in the will than in the conscience. Though an erroneous conscience may cause one to hold fast an error,yet it does not cause proud, scornful, turbulent behavior” (Burroughs, Irenicum, p. 45).